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Dev cards (14 Part Series)

1) My favorite swag from tech conferences are ______ 2) Bane of my existence as a developer 3 ... 12 3) _____ does not Spark Joy, thank it and discard it. 4) Friends don’t let friends ____ on a Friday afternoon. 5) git commit -m "_____" 6) I got to the bottom of an infinitely scrolling website and found 7) A misunderstanding of ______ brought down all of the Internet 8) Trust me, I can build software because I learned how to code from ___ 9) What I hate hearing most as a developer. 10) ___ as a Service 11) Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak is to Apple as ___ is to ___ 12) It's going to take ___ to finish that task. 13) Cool, just send me a copy of the code on ___ 14) The best thing about my job is ___

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C: initial commit

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git commit -m "I think I figured it out"

git commit -m "I didn't figured it out"


I would have also accepted:

git commit -m "This time I figured it out"


git commit -m "Genesis 1:1"

git commit -m "Let there be Light"

git commit -m "Let there be _____" (insert your own)

git commit -m "This is going to take more than 6 days"

# From
git config --global alias.yolo '!git add -A && git commit -m "$(curl --silent --fail"'

git commit -m "Fixed it"

git commit -m "Fixed it for real this time"

git commit -m "Damn. Fixed"

git commit -m "Fix it for real"

git commit -m "Finally"

git commit -m "Build fails"

git commit -m "F**kin regex!"


git commit -t emptyfile

Then I write a proper commit message in the editor. Mostly.

Put a commit msg template in your repo instead emptyfile if you like that better. Add a bash alias.

Edit: ah, I missed the joke?


Oh wow I did not know that the -t option even existed. Do you know of any resources @bootcode that is similar to what your template workflow looks like?


Happy it helps. No specific commenting workflow. Interestingly there are hits
out there about git comments, but they mostly cover formatting. That's nice
(and do read definitely), but the focus should be on content first, formatting
second. I can live with the title ending in a dot, sorry :)

What is more interesting is the content of the message. If we are limited to a single line (as with -m), too much interesting detail gets lost.

The commit message should give context for the unfamiliar reader. Imagine someone searching for the cause of a bug, going through all changes made in a given interval. A good commit message can reveal if there's something relevant in there or not.

The message should include:

  • First line with brief description of change.
  • Purpose of the change.
  • Broader context of the change.
  • Follow-up work to expect.
  • How the reviewer can try the change
    • command for batch stuff
    • demo url or screenshot for UI changes
  • How the change was tested (if not apparent from CI)

For example:

Add initial support for undotted section numbers.

This change lets us roll out support for FooBarQuux documents in English.
Normally section numbers in FooBar documents are followed by dots. But in
FooBarQuux, there's a special convention to make section numbers undotted.

Note: the undotted numbers increase monotonically and don't get reset by
intertwining higher-level headings. While not forbidden, Table Of Contents
consumers might not expect this situation. So rollout should be gradual to
catch any errors.

This is part of the broader effort tracked in bug/55443 about migrating away
from plain FooBar documents.

Follow-up change will add support for three more languages, also increase test
coverage. Once German is supported, bug/12345 will be unblocked.

I also added a tool for quick experimentation on the test corpus. Example

    bazel build //foo/bar:quux
    ./bazel-bin/foo/bar/quux --input_dir=/bog --language=en --summary_only

TESTED=checked corpus with tool, ran integration tests

The commit message also acts as a test of the rationale. It happened to me multiple times that I took 2 hours writing a change, then while phrasing the rationale part of the commit message it dawned on me Ouch. Actually this is not the right approach for that purpose.

As for a general git usage model, I use the nvie model with content.

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Initial commit, because sometimes I run out of opening lines


Have whatever messages you want. While merging the PR, you can squash the commits and actually even change the message itself in github.


git commit -m "actually fixed everything"

of course, this is from when you had a commit earlier where you "fixed everything"


(68 files added)

Looks at project - 1 Folder....

What Have I done


git commit -m "hello world. Implemented world. #Day 1"


I like:

git commit -m 'Make it work

for now.'

On a serious note, I always start each new repo with

git commit --allow-empty -m 'root commit'

before I do anything at all.


Git commit -m "Bug fix"
Or the infamous
Git commit -m "what does it matter, everything is being pushed to master"


Git commit -m "to nothing"

I have commitment issues lol


git commit -m”I ripped my hair out for three days over a missing semicolon”


😩 Too real. Or "I ripped my hair out because I was reloading prod instead of local"


git commit -m "Fix it properly this time... I hope :)"
git commit -m "."
git commit -m "AARGHHHHH COME ONNNNN!!!!1111"
... then the commits stop because it finally worked! :)

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